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Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft Preview: OT Zach Martin

February 22nd, 2014 at 5:51 AM
By Steve Smith

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The Arizona Cardinals draft 20th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft in May. Let's take a look at a player that might be available to the Red Birds when they're officially "on the clock".

Today's player is senior offensive tackle Zach Martin of Notre Dame. He is listed at 6-feet, 4-inches and weighs 305 pounds.

Let's take a look at his scouting profile via www.cbssports.com:

STRENGTHS: Very good at keeping his feet underneath him while keeping his butt low to handle both speed and power. He does play with gch Martinood quickness (but not explosiveness) off the snap, showing knee bend and core strength to anchor, as well as the lateral agility to mirror more athletic defenders. He also shows better athleticism than you might think when blocking on the move, demonstrating above average straight-line speed to get to the second level, as well as the nastiness to bury his target into the ground.

WEAKNESSES: With less than ideal length and lateral range, Martin's NFL future may lie inside at guard, where he never played in college. The move to guard is necessary because Martin does not possess great height, arm length or foot speed. He chucks his way back (rather than sliding) for an effective if not aesthetically-pleasing form of pass protection.

COMPARIES TO: Logan Mankins, OG, New England Patriots – Mankins has been one of the NFL's most valuable offensive linemen since being selected by New England in the first round of the 2005 draft, and has anchored the Patriots' front line with top-notch instincts, toughness and versatility despite lacking elite athleticism. Martin exhibits many of the same traits, and should draw first-round consideration.

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